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Matthew Jack Huskins. Photo courtesy of Watauga County Sheriff's Office.

Originally published: 2013-06-28 16:48:36
Last modified: 2013-06-28 16:52:12

Two arrested on meth charges

by Staff Reports

Authorities arrested two Boone residents Tuesday after locating a "shake and bake" methamphetamine lab outside their home.

Detectives, deputies and probation/parole employees searched a home at 174 Corbett McNeil Road on Tuesday as part of a drug investigation, according to the Watauga County Sheriff's Office. While there, they located a 20-ounce bottle in a burn pile outside the home and materials commonly used to manufacture meth, the sheriff's office said in a news release.

They also located five HCl gas generators, which are commonly used in the final stages of meth creation, as well as drug paraphernalia, the sheriff's office announced.

Detectives believe the residents attempted to burn the "shake and bake" lab in an effort to destroy evidence.

Matthew Jack Huskins, 27, and Aimee Melissa Simpson, 37, of 174 Corbett McNeil Road, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth precursors and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, according to the sheriff's office.

Huskins and Simpson are being held at the Watauga Detention Center in lieu of a $150,000 secured bond and are scheduled to appear in court July 29.

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